Microbial Inheritance in Seeds Project

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Cleveland Seed Bank, News | 0 comments

We are proud to announce our participation in the Microbial Inheritance in Seeds Project!     The Microbial Inheritance in Seeds Project aims to understand the nature of microbial inheritance in seeds. Since it has become clear that beneficial microorganisms can be inherited in seeds, and we know that long-term, positive ecological interactions between seeds and microbes can help us develop a more resilient and adaptive food system, understanding this relationship is of great significance. Yet, as the project states on its website...

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COP21 & the “4/1000” Initiative

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in News, The Hummingbird Project | 0 comments

As we think back on the two weeks we spent in Paris and reflect on the outcomes of The United Nations Conference on Climate Change, we feel that the message that needs to be shared is, overwhelmingly, one of hope and optimism.   Let us be clear – we aren’t just talking about the official agreement reached on December 12th. That was, of course, a tremendous (if imperfect) stride in the right direction. We are talking about ALL of the initiatives to have come out of Paris, many of which were formed outside COP21’s “Blue Zone.” Of...

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Our Road to Paris & COP21

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in News, The Hummingbird Project | 0 comments

We are pleased to announce that The Hummingbird Project will be attending The United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris as part of the Navdanya/Regeneration International delegation. The particular mission of this delegation is to spread, far and wide, the message about the power of regenerative organic agriculture to cool the planet and feed the world.   As we look forward to the progress that we hope will be made at COP21 the recent tragedies in Paris continue to weigh heavy on our hearts. Yet they also stiffen...

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The First International Seed Library Forum

Posted by on May 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

On May 3rd, the first International Seed Library Forum convened in Tucson, AZ and our domestic initiative, the Cleveland Seed Bank, was fortunate enough to be in attendance. It was an inspiring conference with far-reaching implications for the future of the Seed Library Movement, culminating in the signing of the Joint Resolution in Support of Seed Libraries.   The forum was a mix of panels and presentations, field trips and film, and one very excellent literary reading. Nine countries were represented, and speakers included such seed...

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What Sustainable Development Really Looks Like

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in India, Regions | 0 comments

As THP prepares to return to rural Champa, Chhattisgarh for our third year, we wanted to share some background and successes to date.   We met our partner, Mr. Baswaraj, when he and 3 of his team members came to Navdanya in 2011 for a farmer training program. We were able to present on the ‘living soil’ to his group and soon after he invited us to Champa to share the information with his farmers’ groups. Baswaraj works for Champa Mission Hospital. After years of having desperate farmers admitted for pesticide poisoning (attempted...

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Sustainable Schools Kenya

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Kenya, Regions | 0 comments

Our Sustainable Schools Initiative in Kenya provides education and infrastructure to schools, allowing students and communities to become working models for sustainability. By implementing experiential learning, students become aware of the role they play in relation to their food, water, energy and ultimately, the ecology of their region. We piloted this program at Daraja Academy and are excited to continue this project at two more schools during our next trip. Those of you who are familiar with origin story of The Hummingbird Project know...

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Navdanya’s A-Z of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology Course 2013

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in India, Regions | 0 comments

By: Chris Kennedy In what has become an annual rite of passage, over 40 farmers, activists and engaged citizens from all over the world gathered at Navdanya’s farm in India for a month long course on “The A-Z’s of Organic Agriculture and Agroecology”. We were blessed to be able to share our passion for the living soil, assist teaching and participate for the entire month. With over 20 eminent guests leading lectures and hands on activities each day for a month, we will not be able to describe all the learning that took place, but...

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World Food Day: Healthy People Need Healthy Systems

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in News | 0 comments

World Food Day: Healthy People Need Healthy Systems October 16, 2013 Is it impossible to strive for sustainable ecosystems and feed the world’s 7 billion people at the same time? Are these two goals completely at odds? Not according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Today is the U.N.’s World Food Day 2013: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition. The FAO uses this observance to raise awareness about global hunger, encourage cooperation between developing nations to work on finding...

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Wild Economics – An Interview with Mark Boyle

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in News | 0 comments

If we merge permaculture design and relocalisation with the concept of the gift economy, what do we get? Moneyless Man, Mark Boyle, suggests ‘Wild Economics’. By: Mark Wallace Mark Boyle founded the worldwide ‘Freeconomy’ movement which now has local groups in over 170 countries. He is currently working on developing a permaculture-based gift economy in Ireland. In this interview he discusses the concept of Wild Economics, the subject of an exciting new course he’ll be leading with Fergus Drennan and...

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A Subversive Plot: How To Grow A Revolution in Your Own Backyard

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in News | 0 comments

  “We need to not lose the fun of food. Food is at its best when its delicious but shared as part of a community.” Inspiring words from Roger Doiron, who in this TED talk explains how growing vegetables in the garden can improve our health, our communities and our finances. Roger’s family saved over $2,000 by growing their own food, as well improving his children’s health and happiness and teaching them how to grow vegetables. Roger and his organisation, Kitchen Gardens International, are campaigning to get more...

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